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PEEBLES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-01 published
PEEBLES, David, Canadian Forces Decoration
Died at the Toronto General Hospital on February 27, 2003, after a brief illness. Born in Scotland in 1906, he lived most of his life in Montreal, where he was active in business and sports. He served in the Canadian Army during World War 2 and retired with the rank of Major from the Royal Montreal Regiment. He is survived by his wife Mary, his son Ross and his daughter- in-law Judith COLE. At his request there will be no funeral service. If desired donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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PEEK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-11 published
Creator of Savage God
Theatre director was a Canadian nationalist, a fan of the avant garde and a champion of playwright George Ryga. He was also seen as a kook, a dilettante and a street fighter
By Tom HAWTHORN Special to The Globe and Mail Saturday, October 11, 2003 - Page F9
John JULIANI was a provocateur in life as on stage. A man passionate about the possibilities of theatre, he roused reverence in some, antipathy in others.
His most infamous act was to challenge the Stratford Festival's newly hired artistic director to a duel. Robin PHILLIPS's offence was that he is British when Mr. JULIANI and others were certain a land as grand as Canada was capable of producing a director for its Shakespearean theatre.
What he called a "romantic gesture with tongue in cheek" earned cheers from Canadian theatre directors and sneers from much of the theatre establishment.
Mr. JULIANI, who has died at the age of 63, was an unabashed Canadian nationalist, a dedicated fan of the avant garde, an ardent defender of the right of actors to a decent living, a champion of playwright George Ryga and a tireless figure so commanding as to develop an intense loyalty among acolytes.
At the same time, he was seen as a kook, a dilettante and a street fighter. One critic called him "the Tiger Williams of Canadian theatre," his pugnacious approach earning him comparison to a notorious hockey goon. In his defence, Mr. JULIANI explained that he was merely a "true believer" with opinions on controversial subjects.
Mr. JULIANI's credits were long and varied, including spontaneous Sixties street happenings such as the staging of his own wedding as a theatrical performance and brief appearances on such 1990s television dramas as The X-Files.
From 1982 until 1997, Mr. JULIANI was executive producer of radio drama for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in Vancouver. He helped to bring to air many celebrated productions, including the brilliant and provocative Dim Sum Diaries by playwright Mark LEIREN- YOUNG.
Mr. JULIANI also possessed a head-turning beauty, with a profile as striking as a Roman bust. Radio host Bill RICHARDSON commented on his handsomeness at a raucous memorial after his death, calling him a "hunka hunka burnin' love." Some said he had the looks and bearing of a Shakespearean king.
John Charles JULIANI was born in Montreal on March 24, 1940. Raised in a working-class neighbourhood, he attended Loyola College and was an early graduate from the fledgling National Theatre School.
He spent two seasons as an actor at Stratford before being hired as a theatre teacher at Simon Fraser University in 1966. The new university atop Burnaby Mountain east of Vancouver was a hotbed of radicalism in politics and the arts. Mr. JULIANI bristled at an imposed curriculum and so infuriated the administration that he was banned from the campus in 1969.
Mr. JULIANI was heavily influenced by the writing of Antonin Artaud, a Surrealist who championed a theatre based on the imagination. He long sought to erase the barrier between scripted text and sensory impression, between performer and audience, to mixed success.
After moving to the West Coast, Mr. JULIANI launched a series of experiments in theatre. He credited these productions to Savage God, which was less a troupe in the traditional sense than a title granted to any performance involving Mr. JULIANI. The name came from William Butler Yeats's awestruck reaction to Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi: "After us, the Savage God?"
Savage God defied explanation, though many tried and even Mr. JULIANI offered suggestions. Savage God was "an anthology of question marks," he once said. (It was, after all, the 1960s.) "Savage God is simply the Imagination," he told the Vancouver Sun, "insatiable, unrelenting, fiercely energetic, wary of categorization, fond of contradiction and inveterately iconoclastic."
In January, 1970, Mr. JULIANI married dancer Donna WONG, a ceremony conducted as a Savage God performance at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He repeated the process at the christening of his son. Ms. WONG- JULIANI would be his domestic and drama partner for more than three decades.
In 1971, the streets of Vancouver were the scene of several spontaneous and sometimes incomprehensible -- performances under the aegis of PACET ("pilot alternative complement to existing theatre.") The $18,000 project, funded by the federal government, incorporated Gestalt therapy sessions in street performances.
Theatrical events took place willy-nilly across the city, including malls, the airport, the library and Stanley Park. Admission was not charged, nor did all spectators appreciate their role as audience to avant-garde performance. A scene in which bicyclists wearing gas masks pedalled along city streets left many scratching their heads in puzzlement.
In 1974, Mr. JULIANI moved to Toronto to set up a graduate theatre-studies program at York University.
He called the program PEAK (" Performance, Example, Animation, Katharsis") and perhaps should have found an acronym for PEEK, as the instructor and his class stripped naked to protest against a lack of classroom space.
The challenge to the new Stratford artistic director in 1974 was written on a piece of parchment and delivered in London by Don RUBIN, a York colleague. Alas, Mr. RUBIN could not find a proper gauntlet and wound up ceremoniously striking Mr. PHILLIPS with a red rubber glove, an absurd note to a theatrical protest.
In 1978, Mr. JULIANI took the stage in a Toronto production of Children of Night, portraying Janusz Korczak, a doctor and teacher who ran an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto. The critics were appalled.
Gina MALLET of the Toronto Star said Mr. JULIANI's performance sullied Dr. Korczak's memory. Jay SCOTT of The Globe and Mail, noting "the dreadfulness" of Mr. JULIANI's acting, said the production robbed the dead of their dignity.
From the stage, Mr. JULIANI challenged the Star's critic to a public debate on the aesthetics of theatre. He also wrote a letter to the editor, noting that Holocaust survivors in the audience had wholeheartedly embraced the production.
Mr. JULIANI wound up in Edmonton, where he continued to condemn the "exorbitance, elitism and museum theatre" of the establishment.
In 1982, he directed and co-wrote Latitude 55°, a feature film with just two characters -- a slick woman from the city and a Polish potato farmer -- set in a snowbound cabin. "It is filled with a passionate conviction that evaporates in pretentious pronouncements," The Globe's Carole CORBEIL wrote, "filled with truthful moments that evaporate in the desire to use every narcissistic trick in the book."
In a 1983 book examining the alternative theatre movement in Canada, author Renate USMIANI devoted most of a chapter to Mr. JULIANI, a decision that got her a scathing rebuke from a reviewer who considered him worthy of little more than a footnote.
"His works are curiosities; at best, they are worthy experiments in Artaudian theory," Boyd NEIL wrote in a Globe review. "But they are neither popular... nor influential."
Mr. JULIANI's years at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in Vancouver were both productive and successful. Among the many projects he directed was a three-part adaptation of Margaret Laurence's The Diviners; King Lear, starring John COLICOS; a 13-part series titled, Disaster! Acts of God or Acts of Man?" and, famously, Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, with Leonard GEORGE portraying a role once assumed on stage by his late father, Chief Dan GEORGE. The surprise selection of Mr. GEORGE was typical of Mr. JULIANI's often brilliant casting.
Mr. JULIANI directed a 1989 production of The Glass Menagerie at the Vancouver Playhouse with Jennifer Phipps and Morris Panych. Globe reviewer Liam LACEY praised a production that "opens up the play like an old treasure chest, and lets in some fresh air without rearranging or disturbing the work's original grandeurs and caprices."
Four years later, Mr. JULIANI was directing a production of the mystery thriller Sleepwalker when actor Peter HAWORTH took sick shortly before opening night. The director suddenly found himself as the male lead. "Not even the most colossal egotist would want to do this," he said.
Dim Sum Diaries, a series of monologues written by Mr. LEIREN- YOUNG, received protests when aired by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio in 1991. One episode, entitled The Sequoia, in which the white vendor of a luxury home launches a tirade against the Hong Kong immigrant who cuts down two rare and spectacular trees on the property, was accused of being racist. The playwright's well-intentioned exploration of stereotyping was charged with fostering those very prejudices.
After directing Dim Sum Diaries, Mr. JULIANI urged the playwright to tackle an issue that was dividing his church. Mr. LEIREN- YOUNG remembers replying: "You're talking same-sex marriage in the Anglican church and you want a straight Jewish guy to write this?"
The resulting play, titled Articles of Faith: The Battle of St. Alban's, was staged at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver to great acclaim.
The collaborations between young playwright and veteran director succeeded in achieving Mr. JULIANI's goal of inspiring dialogue through theatre.
Mr. JULIANI had a reputation as a demanding taskmaster for novice and veteran actors alike. Rehearsals were jokingly called "Savage God Boot Camp."
He maintained a breakneck pace, both in the theatre and in the boardroom. He was artistic co-director of Opera Breve, a small company dedicated to nurturing young singers; president of the Union of British Columbia Performers (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists); and, a former national president of the Directors Guild of Canada, among many boards on which he served.
Feeling fatigued in early August, Mr. JULIANI was diagnosed with liver cancer. The end came swiftly. He died on August 21 at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.
He leaves his wife of 33 years, Donna WONG- JULIANI, and a son, Alessandro JULIANI, an actor. He also leaves brothers Richard and Norman.
(Wit was long a part of the JULIANI mystique. The family pet, a canine named Beau Beau, was referred to in the family's paid obituary notice as a Savage Dog.)
For one who roused such passions, Mr. JULIANI felt that he led a conservative life. "I have always been a square," he once said.
A theatrical farewell to Mr. JULIANI attracted hundreds to St. Andrew's Wesley Church in Vancouver on Labour Day, a Monday and traditionally a quiet date on the theatre calendar. Those in attendance were encouraged to write remembrances on Post-It notes, which were then stuck to the church's pillars.
The City of Vancouver has declared next March 24, which would have been Mr. JULIANI's 64th birthday, to be Savage God Day.

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PEERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-28 published
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS, beloved wife of Angelo Zaccheo, passed away peacefully at her home in Toronto on Thursday, June 26, 2003, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, one day short of her 57th birthday. Predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Lillian (ARMSTRONG,) she will be missed by her stepdaughter Kathleen, brother Glenn (Katherine), niece Caroline, nephews Glenn, Matthew and Andrew, sisters-in-law Margaret CURTO (David) and Mary STEELE (Patrick), nephews David and Steven, and nieces Alicia and Jena. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful, caring Friends. As a passionate and dedicated teacher, Maureen influenced and inspired her students to achievement. She will be remembered as a loyal friend, a devoted daughter and sister, and a loving and much loved spouse. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, on Thursday, July 3rd at 6: 30 p.m., followed by a reception. Parking is available from Russell Hill Road entrance. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, c/o Dr. James PERRY, C.N.S. Oncology Site, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5, would be greatly appreciated. May you always walk in sunshine, And God's love around you flow, For the happiness you gave us, No one will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose you, The day God called you home. A million times we've needed you. A million times we've cried. If love could have saved you, You never would have died.

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PEERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-06-30 published
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS
Maureen Elizabeth PEERS, beloved wife of Angelo ZACCHEO, passed away peacefully at her home in Toronto on Thursday, June 26, 2003, after a courageous battle with brain cancer, one day short of her 57th birthday. Predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Lillian (ARMSTRONG,) she will be missed by her stepdaughter Kathleen, brother Glenn (Katherine), niece Caroline, nephews Glenn, Matthew and Andrew, sisters-in-law Margaret CURTO (David) and Mary STEELE (Patrick), nephews David and Steven, and nieces Alicia and Jena. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful, caring Friends. As a passionate and dedicated teacher, Maureen influenced and inspired her students to achievement. She will be remembered as a loyal friend, a devoted daughter and sister, and a loving and much loved spouse. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, on Thursday, July 3rd at 6: 30 p.m., followed by a reception. Parking is available from Russell Hill Road entrance. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sunnybrook and Women's Foundation, c/o Dr. James Perry, C.N.S. Oncology Site, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5, would be greatly appreciated. May you always walk in sunshine, And God's love around you flow, For the happiness you gave us, No one will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose you, The day God called you home. A million times we've needed you. A million times we've cried. If love could have saved you, You never would have died.

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PEEVER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-03-26 published
Doctor Allan Bain PEEVER
Allan PEEVER, age 36, of Stratford died on Thursday, March 20, 2003 in Stratford.
Allan was born on March 18, 1967 in Sault Ste. Marie to the Reverend Canon J. Bain PEEVER and Clara Dale (CLERMONT.) From 1967 until 1996 he lived in Newfoundland, Kingston, Cornwall, London and Guelph before settling in Stratford to practice veterinary medicine at Mitchell Veterinary Services. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1996. In 1999 Allan and Dr. Morag MASKERY were married and in May of 2002 they celebrated the birth of their daughter Erica Dale.
Allan treasured time spent canoeing, hunting and fishing. He spent many wonderful years on Lake Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island. His humour, courage, spontaneity and love of life were inspirational to everyone who knew him.
We sincerely appreciate the loving care Al received from hundreds of healthcare providers throughout the last five years. Allan will be missed by Morag, Erica, father Bain (Lynda), brother Bruce (Gina), grandmother Olga (Paul), father-in-law David (Janet), Neil (Teresa), Michael (Caragh), Jason and Liana, his aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, many Friends and colleagues. Allan was predeceased by his mother Dale in 2001.
Visitation was held at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, March 21, 2003. The funeral service was held at St. James' Anglican Church, 41 Mornington Street, Stratford on Saturday, March 22, 2003. Venerable John SPENCER officiating. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Erica Peever Education Trust Fund c/o St. Francis of Assisi Church, Box 166, Mindemoya, Ont. P0P 1S0

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PEEVER o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-10-22 published
Patricia Joan STERRITT
In loving memory of Patricia Joan STERRITT (née MORRIS) a resident of Manitowaning, died at Laurentian Hospital, Sudbury, on Sunday, October 19, 2003 at the age of 69.
Pat was born in Brampton, daughter of the late Gilbert and Mona (TRIMBLE) MORRIS. Will be dearly missed by her loving husband Malcolm SINCLAIR STERRITT and her children Richard (Rick) STERRITT of Brampton, Wendy (GRAY/GREY) and husband Jim of Palgrave, Robert and wife Lorie of Caledon East, Carl and wife Karen of Alton. Her six grandchildren Mandy, Laura, Nicole, Samantha, Jake and Benjamin will miss their "Nanny"
Predeceased by brothers Robert and Brian and survived by dear sister Virginia and husband Yvon GALIPEAU of Milton, Gail GRIFFITH of Brampton, Mary (CLARIDGE) and husband Hap of Salmon Arm, BC, Julie (CAMPBELL) and husband Brian of Brampton, brothers John, of Brampton and Grant and wife Pam of Chatham. Visitation was held on Monday, October 20, 2003. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 all at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Manitowaning, Ontario. Reverend Canon Bain PEEVER officiating. Burial in Hilly Grove Cemetery.

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